Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"

By David Kraemer

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2004

The author discusses Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of the Christ." He notes that many Jewish sources have celebrated martyrdom and invited suffering Jews to identify with central figures in martyrdom tales. These sources, the author explains, have been introduced to audiences who were suffering similarly themselves. However, in a modern American context, argues the author, Gibson's portrayal is unlikely to prompt modern-day Jews or Christians to identify personally with the torture-enduring Jesus of the film.

Topic: Movies, Antisemitism, Media, Film, Religion

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Volume/Issue: Spring 2004

Page Number(s): 14

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Genre: Other

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Kraemer, David. Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ". AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2004: 14. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2688


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